18 Oct. 2021 18:10

Israel reportedly murdered Midhat Saleh, a former member of the Syrian parliament, on Saturday in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Syrian government classified the killing as “aggression and terrorism” adding that the attack will only strengthen the determination of the Syrian people to continue the fight against the Israeli occupation.

According to media reports, Midhat Saleh, a former member of the Syrian parliament who had previously spent 12 years in an Israeli prison, was murdered on Saturday in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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According to the Syrian state media, the murder took place on the Golan in the Syrian village of Ein el-Tinneh near the Israeli border, where Saleh ran a Syrian government office. TO YOU reports that the Druze politician Saleh was shot dead, although it remained unclear whether he was shot across the border by snipers or from an aircraft. Locals reported a strong presence of helicopters and unmanned drones in the airspace of Madschdal Schams on Saturday.

The Syrian government classified the killing as “aggression and terrorism” adding that the attack will only strengthen the determination of the Syrian people to continue the fight against the occupation to liberate the Golan Heights.

Saleh was born in Majdal Shams, a village on the now Israel-occupied side of the Golan, and was imprisoned by Israel several times, most recently for 12 years until 1997. He later moved to Damascus and was elected to the Syrian parliament in 1998. He was an advisor to the Syrian government on the Golan issue.

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The 54-year-old Saleh allegedly maintained contacts with Iran by also helping the Iranians to strengthen their influence along the Israeli border Haaretz in Israel. Samih Ayoub, a resident on the “Israeli side of the Golan,” said Saleh had “no connection with Iran or any militia,” the agency reports AP. “He’s just a quiet man who works in an office. They murdered him next to his house.”

Yoel Guzansky, Iran expert at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, commented that it was not certain whether Israel was even involved in the attack. He said Saleh was not a particularly “valuable target” and also had a strained relationship with the Iranian proxy organization Hezbollah and rejected the activities of the Shiite group on the Golan.

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Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security advisor, told the Israeli military-run broadcaster Galei ZahalIf Israel was involved in the murder of Saleh, it was a message to the Iranians and had nothing to do with the past: “I assume that this was not an act of revenge.”

Saleh’s brother Yasser Saleh – a doctor in Damascus – said his brother also lived in the Syrian capital but regularly visited the border area on the Golan. He said his younger brother survived an earlier assassination attempt in early 2011 and remained determined to face the Israeli occupation in the Golan Heights. He said his brother survived his wife and two children, including a son named Golan.

The Golan Heights are a strategically important rock plateau above the Sea of ​​Galilee. They are about 60 kilometers long and 25 kilometers wide. The Golan belongs to Syria. It was occupied by Israel in violation of international law in the course of the Six Day War in June 1967 and was finally “officially” annexed by Israel in 1981. Former US President Donald Trump finally recognized Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights for the USA in 2019. The highest body of the United Nations had unanimously declared the Israeli annexation null and void. The Syrian government has repeatedly called on the UN Security Council to meet its responsibilities under the UN Charter by obliging Israel to comply with UN Security Council resolutions 242, 338, 350 and 497.

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